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What's A Tea Partier Thinking? You Assume They Think

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Tea Party Rally

I would have to say that the radical spokesperson for Freedom Watch, President Larry Klayman, would be speaking for his people when he takes to the podium to address the crowd. He's the group's leader. His words are the movement's gospel. And if you accept that premise we're in trouble. Klayman is seemingly deranged out of his gourd as he speaks for this far right coven. They have become a cancer that's overtaking it's host (the GOP). We can pray for the patient, and hope there's some way to put the disease into remission.

If you can stomach it, you really should watch this clip of them calling for a "peaceful" revolution. You'll learn that Obama bows down to Allah, he reads the Koran, he's not a true American. Their solution is for him to "surrender" and come out and face this mob, submitting to them by holding his hands out -- for shackles, or up -- so they can more easily slip a noose around his neck and lynch him. Peaceful?

I'm not sold this group knows the meaning of the Constitution nor the laws the cherished document represents. It appears from their rhetoric that this land is their land, this land ain't my land.

If here's any doubt that the vile and disillusioned Republican wing known as the Tea Party is now over the cliff, out of their minds and dead-on ignorant, your veil of confusion is now lifted with this Klayman clip. And what's behind the "curtain" is nothing short of shocking. I'd prefer spending  an evening dining with the 'walkers' in Walking Dead, than popping open a cold one with this wackadoo.

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Newt Gingrich: "I think conservatives in general got in the habit of talking to themselves." Yep, nobody else would listen.

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new and improved

Steve Kornacki has an interview with Newt Gingrich at Salon that's worth a read. Here's one completely out of context Newt quote that struck me because it rings true for Republicans no matter what the frame of reference:

"None of that seemed at all obvious to us."

Just ask Willard M. Romney and his sidekick Ann. And Karl Rove. As much as it pains me to say this, I have to agree with Newt: The GOP was, and continues to be, oblivious, despite the fact that a very desperate Republican party is striving to be "new and improved."

And failing repeatedly.

Here is another Moment of Reluctant Agreement with Newt:

I think conservatives in general got in the habit of talking to themselves. I think that they in a sense got isolated into their own little world. So our pollsters, many of whom were wrong about turnout. No Republican pollster thought you could get 87 percent turnout in Milwaukee. You just sort of have to say that to some extent the degree to which we believed that the other side was kidding themselves, it turned out in fact in the real world – this is a part of what makes politics so fascinating – it turned out in the real world we were kidding ourselves.

Of course conservatives talk to themselves. Nobody else will listen, plus that's what many delusional people do.

Short version: Republicans live in Opposite World, and they inexplicably continue to abide by these words of an "unnamed Bush aide" (later identified as the now-very tarnished Karl Rove):

"We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out."

new and unimproved

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Worrisome South Carolina climate change report kept secret for over a year

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what's the big secret

One of the nation’s most conservative states failed to release a 102-page report by scientists on how climate change is a reality and how the public should be educated about it. Or as I like to call it, cutting off their lives nose to spite their face.

Honesty, common sense, facts, and self-preservation. How novel.

The report includes studies from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

For example, they say, South Carolina "should prepare for increases in wildlife disease, loss of prime duck hunting habitat and the potential invasion of non-native species such as piranha and Asian swamp eels. Many such exotic species have taken hold in Florida, but as temperatures rise, could move into South Carolina."

Among other disturbing consequences that the state faces, the findings say that “dead zones” in the ocean will increase, as will droughts, flooding due to a rise in sea levels, and of course, disease that would affect sea life and vegetation.

Via The State:

A team of state scientists has outlined serious concerns about the damage South Carolina will suffer from climate change – threats that include invading eels, dying salt marshes, flooded homes and increased diseases in the state’s wildlife.

But few people have seen the team’s study. The findings are outlined in a report on global warming that has been kept secret by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources for more than a year because agency officials say their “priorities have changed.” [...]

Authors of the November 2011 draft said global warming is a reality and the DNR should take a lead role in educating the public about climate change while also increasing scientific research. [...]

Team members left little doubt in the report that they believe rising global temperatures are linked to man-made pollution. That point is widely accepted in the scientific community. Data show sharp increases since the Industrial Revolution of pollutants, such as carbon dioxide, that cause global warming.

The Department of Natural Resources head, who had wanted the report released, retired after he and the then-board chairwoman Caroline Rhodes clashed. Guess which conservative politician promoted Rhodes to her position as board chair shortly after being elected governor? Hint: It rhymes with Schnikki Schnaley.

Here's an idea: Keep the public informed instead of failing to disclose pesky scientific facts that irk your fellow Republicans (Gov. Haley, I'm talking to you) and your corporate pals. Then again, nobody ever said Republicans had foresight, wisdom, ethics, or good judgment.

 cutting off nose to spite face smaller

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Chart: Ruh-roh! Red state socialism alert!

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There it is, in black and white, red and blue. Takers and makers, moochers and givers, socialists and ...

Wait. Just. A minute.

Oh my GOD! Look at that chart! What's become of this country of ours?!  The Red State Socialists are winning! The Takers are Taking! Taking OVER, that is! Hide the kids! Everybody panic!

Or.

Or, just get a grip and realize that the government is there to represent us (aka elections), protect us, keep us safe, help us, and even provide opportunity. It's about time those on takers the right accept reality, take a hard look at facts, breathe deeply, and reset.

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"The America the Republicans want is not the one we have. They lost through willful blindness."

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Sandy Banks has an excellent column in today's L.A. Times about the bubble in which the Republican party resides. Memo to GOP: It's 2012, there is such a thing as voter diversity, extremists views are frowned upon (understatement), equal rights and voting rights exist, misogyny is not an option, white people are no more American than other people nor are they in any way superior, and young people are smarter and more informed than you think.

In short, ignorance and bigotry are not acceptable:

...GOP pundits: Romney might have won, they say, if he had eased up on illegal immigration and found a running mate who could attract Latinos or draw votes in swing states.

But this is not a matter of fine-tuning the message or rustling up a candidate with brown skin or serviceable Spanish.

The problem is a platform that staked out the far-right fringe on so many issues that it turned off immigrants, women, minorities, single mothers, young people, gays and lesbians.

The images of winners and losers on election night said it all: the Norman Rockwell tableau in Romney's sullen Boston ballroom versus the kaleidoscopic diversity of Obama's Chicago victory montage.

The America the Republicans want is not the one we have. [...]

Voters carried those slights and insults to the voting booth, tired of being treated with contempt by a party that doesn't seem to understand their realities. [...]

... Republicans weren't beaten only by arithmetic this time. They lost through willful blindness.

Reality has a way of sneaking up on the delusional.

By the way, speaking of voting rights, here's Reynolds v. Sims (1964):

Undeniably, the Constitution of the United States protects the right of all qualified citizens to vote, in state as well as in federal, elections. A consistent line of decisions by this Court in cases involving attempts to deny or restrict the right of suffrage has made this indelibly clear. It has been repeatedly recognized that all qualified voters have a constitutionally protected right to voteEx parte Yarbrough, 110 U. S. 651, and to have their votes countedUnited States v. Mosley, 238 U. S. 383. In Mosley, the Court stated that it is "as equally unquestionable that the right to have one's vote counted is as open to protection . . . as the right to put a ballot in a box." 238 U.S. at 386.

Not only does the Republican party need revamping, so does our voting system. Both are a disgrace.

Please read the entire article by Sandy Banks here.

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Here are the 17 Dems who sold out to the NRA and voted to hold A.G. Holder in contempt

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David Horsey / Los Angeles Times (June 21, 2012)

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As expected, the NRA got its money's worth. Seventeen Democrats joined House Republicans in a meaningless exercise that will go nowhere.

Here is how they voted, including these 17 Democratic sellouts:

Altmire, Barrow, Boren, Boswell, Chandler, Critz, Donnelly (IN), Hochul, KindKissellMathesonMcIntyre, OwensPetersonRahallRoss (AR), Walz (MN)

Here's the real scandal.

Via email:

The House today approved a resolution holding Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. in criminal contempt of Congress, the first time a sitting Cabinet member has been held in contempt.

Republicans pushed through the resolution because Holder has not turned over documents related to a botched gun-tracking operation known as Fast and Furious. A number of Democrats boycotted the vote.

A separate vote will be held to hold the attorney general in civil contempt.

For the latest information go to www.latimes.com.

And here is the photo of the day:

Via Facebook, Nancy Pelosi:

I am joining my fellow Democratic colleagues and members of the Congressional Black Caucus in walking out on this hyper-political contempt vote. This is a shameful act by the House GOP.

Via email:

POLITICO Breaking News

White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer attacked the congressional vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt as "political theater rather than legitimate congressional oversight." Pfeiffer said of Thursday afternoon's 255-67 vote that "a politically motivated agenda prevailed and instead of engaging with the president in efforts to create jobs and grow the economy, today we saw the House of Representatives perform a transparently political stunt."

For more information... http://www.politico.com

Amen.

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VIDEO: The REAL Fast and Furious scandal

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UPDATE: New emails back Holder's contention that he was in the dark about "Fast and Furious"

All that blather about President Obama and Attorney General Holder's so-called "Fast and Furious scandal" has been blown to smithereens... but most people probably don't know that due to the splendid media coverage this kind of story usually gets, complete with hysterical right wing talking points. See, that stirs up interest, aka ratings.

But here it is: Darrell Issa and his gang of loyal Republican mouth-breathers have wasted millions of taxpayer dollars pursuing a non-existent not-scandal. They've smeared our country's law enforcement officials who tried to limit the massive troubles being created by unfettered sales of AK47s to gangsters. Why? Because gun makers' profits, those who run the NRA, trump everything else.

Or as I like to call it, GOP business as usual.

And that is the real scandal.

My previous post, the real story behind the Fast and Furious “scandal” covers a lot of the smoke and mirrors, but Rachel Maddow and Katherine Eban, the author of the must-read exposé The Truth about the Fast and Furious Scandal, finally divulge a few pertinent facts.

Or as I like to call it, the truth.

The segment explains clearly and simply how the real scandal is all about the GOP's witch hunt, the lies, the allegiance to the NRA, the waste of time and taxpayer money blown on frivolous hearings in an election year instead of passing laws... not to mention the struggle with prosecutors who tied the hands of ATF agents. Rachel Maddow:

 "They were powerless to stop them, and even when they tried, they were held back."

Oh, and by the way, if our gun laws weren't so lax, maybe we could have avoided some of this:

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